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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Other Provisions for Disabled Members

  1. A pension may be granted either on a temporary or permanent basis. A temporary pension may be converted to a permanent pension when the disability reaches a final stationary condition but a pension can be reviewed and either increased or reduced at any time.

  2. A clothing allowance for wear and tear of clothing or footwear as follows:

    1. Loss of two limbs or parts: 12s. 6d. a week.

    2. Loss of leg or part: 11s. 6d. a week.

    3. Loss of arm or part: 8s. 6d. a week.

    4. For use of mechanical appliances etc.: 8s. 6d. a week.

  3. A free pass on New Zealand Railways rail and road services to a member in receipt of a full pension.

  4. A permit to travel first class at second class rates on New Zealand Railways to an amputee or other person suffering locomotive disabilities to a degree of over 50 per cent for which a permanent pension is paid.

  5. Payment of travelling allowance up to 10s. a week to a totally disabled pensioner who is unfit to travel alone.

  6. Free medical and surgical treatment in respect of pensionable disabilities. Surgical appliances such as artificial limbs etc. are also supplied free and kept in good order and repair.

  7. Payment of up to £100 towards the cost of structural alterations with a £25 provision for furniture to provide special accommodation for a pensioner suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.

  8. A maximum accommodation allowance of £2 5s. a day to a pensioner reporting for medical examination or treatment and compensation of up to £2 2s. 6d. a day in respect of loss of earnings.

  9. Interest-free loans to certain seriously disabled pensioners to purchase motor cars; payment of loadings on life insurance policies where loadings are due to war disabilities; gallantry awards to disablement pensioners; and funeral grants in respect of deceased ex-servicemen.

  10. Where a disablement pensioner requires the services of an attendant a grant towards an attendant's wages of up to £8 a week.